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Feb 28, 2011 5:30pm PST
>>> on the broadcast tonight, closing in on gadhafi. there's talk of u.s. military options against him. and now for hordes of people, now's the time to get out of there. >>> a collision course in wisconsin with time running out. tonight, is there a deal to end the standoff? >>> america at the crossroads. all week long our reports here on america's changing economy. tonight, are we keeping up in the search for the next big thing? >>> and the winner is -- the good, the bad and the ugly at this year's oscars. and the amazing story behind the man behind the best picture. and the amazing story behind the man behind the best picture. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the situation in libya is now a lot more serious where the u.s. is concerned. u.s. navy ships are being readied for a number of possible options here including possibly enforcing a no-fly zone. moammar gadhafi spoke again today on two television networks an interview the u.s. immediately called delusional. all this time the forces against him are closing in. we begin t
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Mar 18, 2011 5:30pm PDT
the u.s. will now lead military action to stop gadhafi's brutal crackdown. and in japan, the nuclear crisis goes up a notch, increased to a higher alert level. what will it take to cool down those reactors and prevent a nuclear meltdown. our teams are on the ground across the world and "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewer in the west tonight. tonight we have to take you on something of a tour of the world to cover the overwhelming amount of news going on. and while we have been focused on the disaster in japan, where the nuclear alert level actually went up a notch today, while it's been going on for exactly a week tonight, instead we must begin tonight back in libya. today president obama announced that on top of the twor wars we're fighting, the u.s. will now take the lead on possible military action in libya. the u.n. approved it last night. it started out as a no-fly zone but has grown into something perhaps bigger. a nato ultimatum of gadhafi of libya that the president says is non-negotiable. gadhafi d
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Mar 19, 2011 5:30pm PDT
at 6:00. >>> target libya, the first u.s. and coalition military strikes on gadhafi's forces are under way. >> we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells this people that there will be no mercy. >>> american cruise missiles and french fighter jets attack libyan targets. the broadest military effort since the invasion of iraq began eight years ago today. >> plus, disaster in japan, progress on the crippled nuclear reactor, but new concerns about the safety of food in that country. >> from nbc news world head quarters in new york, this is "nbc news with lester holt". >> good evening u.s. war ships opened fire on libya's air defenses tonight. part of protecting libyan civilians from moammar gadhafi. following air strikes by french fighter jets, u.s. and british naval vessels launched 110 tomahawk cruise missiles aimed at 20 tar guess along libyan's coast. president obama stressed it would not involve u.s. ground troops. the strike comes two days after the u.n. security council okayed the establishment of a no fly zone over libya. we have all fronts covered. we want to start with ji
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Mar 15, 2011 5:30pm PDT
their citizens from northeast japan. in the meantime, the u.s. and many other countries continue to advise their citizens against nonessential travel to this country, brian? >>> now more on the fears of the radiation leaking out of that damaged nuclear plant. a big part of the story, and the fear is the weather specifically, where and how the winds are blowing. the concerns are two-fold. surface winds, which could be very bad news locally in japan. and upper level winds, as they do every day, coming across the pacific toward the u.s. west coast. meteorologist bryan norcross at the weather channel standing by with all of it. bryan, good evening. >> good evening, brian. yes, the winds switched around to the north today, in the direction of tokyo. but they were light. that happened today, the good news is, the next couple days, winds are going to come in from the northwest. and anything that gets released from those plants is going to be blown offshore. late in the week, into the weekend the weather pattern changes and the winds become very light. it looks like at that time, anything t
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Mar 21, 2011 5:00pm PDT
expected to last about three months. >>> well, a scare today for san francisco's nancy pelosi. the u.s. democratic leader was briefly hospitalized in rome early today, but by this afternoon, she resumed her schedule. the former house speaker tweeted to her followers, "thanks to everyone for your well wishes. had a very productive trip to afghanistan and i'm in italy resuming meetings." after a hectic schedule yesterday in afghanistan, the 70-year-old pelosi felt ill and underwent some hospital tests, but a few hours later, she was on the move, meeting with italy's leaders in parliament. pelosi is on a congressional trip. >>> let's turn now to your disaster in japan. officials still racing to restore electricity to the troubled fukushima daiichi nuclear plant, but now they're facing more unforeseen obstacles, including a cloud of smoke that forced workers to evacuate again today. now, when power is finally restored, officials say the cooling system should bring temperatures back to a safe level within those reactors within a day. meanwhile, the world's health organization is calling on
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Mar 6, 2011 5:30pm PST
increases, not only in the u.s. but throughout asia, africa, and south america that are all contributing to higher crude oil prices and consequently higher gasoline prices at the pump. >> reporter: those higher gas prices came as many were starting to feel better about the economy, but now any extra cash may be going right into the the tank. >> i think it's crazy. >> reporter: jason king spends $40 more a month on gas. >> pretty soon i'm going to have to start thinking about riding a bike or other means of transportation, definitely. >> reporter: in fact, those skyrocketing prices have some giving up the road for the rails. metro use in los angeles, up 10%. and across the country commuters are using the latest technology, smartphone apps and social media, to find the cheapest gas, anything to save a buck. >> everybody i know is trying to carpool and fill up the car as much as possible. >> reporter: gas prices hit a high in february, but in the weeks ahead spring is when prices typically rise the most. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> and as we mentioned at the top
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Mar 28, 2011 5:30pm PDT
>>> on the broadcast here tonight, make get case for u.s. military action in libya. tonight the president addresses the nation as the rebels make their biggest push yet into gadhafi territory. >>> radiation continues to turn up in trace amounts here, and of course it's a full-blown crisis in japan. >>> walmart and women. a case hded to the supreme court this week that could impact all women in the u.s. workforce. >>> and making a difference so kids of active duty americans don't have to put their favorite sport on ice. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. president obama addressed the nation tonight, a speech delivered before a live audience. as the associated press put it, defending the first war launched on his watch. the president said the u.s. acted by launching those air strikes nine days ago to prevent a massacre of the libyan people by moammar gadhafi. he said gadhafi is not a target and that the u.s. is acting as part of this coalition to protect civilians. he talked about the uses and limits of military power while he is president and said there will be times li
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Mar 20, 2011 8:00am PDT
-- attack on libya. u.s., french forces, fighting to overthrow moammar gadhafi. president obama insist the attacks only follow gadhafi's refusal to end his assault as the united nation demanded. >> we are answering the call of a threatened people and acting in the interest of the united states and the world. >> we have every reason to fear that, left unchecked, gadhafi will commit unspeakable atrocities. >> this morning, the very latest on the military campaign. its goal and its limits, including the president's order that no u.s. ground troops be committed. with us, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admirabmiral m mullen. >>> then reaction from capitol hill. is libya a threat to the united states? is it too late for military action to make a difference? and should the president have sought congressional authority? with us chairman of the senate armed services committee, carl levin and john kerry of massachusetts and republican member of the armed services committee, senator jeff sessions of alabama. >>> finally, our roundtable assesses the president's leadership. as he man
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Mar 28, 2011 11:00pm PDT
sc. police have not released the condition of the officer tonight. >>> the u.s. heard from the commander in chief tonight about the crisis in libya. president obama told the country the u.s. strategy is working. innocent civilians are not being slaughtered in the civil war. >> some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. the united states of america is different. and as president, i refuse to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action. >> the rebels are now moving almost uninterrupted toward tripoli. gadhafi's soldiers are taking off their uniforms, even leaving meals half eaten in attempts to flee the front. the military has taken control of operations and the u.s. role. what he did not say is what critics are talking about tonight. the president did not discuss an exit strategy. they say the country cannot afford another war right now. >>> she has become the face of the crisis in libya, the mystery woman who dared to speak out against gadhafi's regime. her allegations, rape, for tour and brutality. press crews from
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Mar 20, 2011 5:30pm PDT
local news on the bear area at 6:00. we'll see you then. lt by u.s. warplanes intensifies. a defiant gadhafi warns of a crusader war and vows to fight back. crusader war and vows to fight back. tonight, what is the endgame? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, everyone. the pentagon tonight says the allied assault on libya's military has inflicted heavy damage on moammar gadhafi's forces and grounded his combat planes. that assault, which we now know is being led by american warplanes, including long-range stealth bombers, has targeted both libya's air defenses and ground troops in an effort to halt gadhafi's attacks on anti-government rebels. but coalition officials insist gadhafi himself is not a target. tonight, as anti-aircraft fire lit up the skies over tripoli, libya's military command order claimed again it wasrding its units to observe is i cease-fire, a claim western forces are skeptical of. we begin tonight with jim miklaszewski. jim? >> reporter: lester, there's only been one full day of american and coalition air strikes against libya, but senio
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Mar 21, 2011 3:00am PDT
patrolled the skies over libya and struck pro-gadhafi tanks. u.s. and british forces followed by launching a volley of more than 100 cruise miss ells and heavy bombing. the u.s. currently has at least 11 naval vessels in the mediterranean in addition to surveillance aircraft. all of this in preparation to impose a u.n.-sanctioned no-fly zone, the largest military intervention since the invasion of iraq in 2003, eight years to the day. i want to go right to nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent richard engel in tobr tobruk, libya. tell me what you've been seeing and experiencing. >> reporter: the roads are remarkably calm. people are out on the streets. i spoke with rebels just a short while ago. they say that finally this action has taken place and they hope that they can get some more momentum again. i was here in this area about a week ago when the tide of events seemed to be turning against the rebels and you didn't see them out much. they were abandoning their checkpoints. now, once again, their checkpoints are out and they were painting anti-gadhafi graffiti once again o
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Mar 14, 2011 5:30pm PDT
, now there's a full scale nuclear scare, and it's deepening. tonight the u.s. is being asked for more help. our team is on the ground and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewers out west tonight. we have all the very latest for you on the disaster in japan. it started with a freak of nature, the fifth largest earthquake ever recorded on the planet, but then right then as the rubble settled and the buildings stopped swaying, the water came ashore. the tsunami in japan killed thousands. in some parts of some towns, there's no remaining evidence that anyone ever lived there. and now tonight the crisis has taken yet another turn, and we are covering a full-blown nuclear scare in japan. there are 17 nuclear power plants across japan, 54 nuclear reactors, but one plant in particular is in trouble. it's the fukushima plant, and if you've seen the pictures of it over this past weekend, there was one explosion in one building on saturday, another just yesterday and now a third reactor is in trouble at that same facil
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Mar 17, 2011 7:00am PDT
officials in japan and here in the u.s. over the severity of this situation. the chair of the u.s. regulatory commission believes a storage pool holding highly radioactive spent fuel rods may be completely empty at this point and that at times radiation levels have been so high they would be lethal in a very short period of time. he urged americans to stay at least 50 miles away from the plant, but that's four times the distance of the evacuation order from japanese officials. people in japan are growing really frustrated at this point about the lack of clear, prompt information. we're going to talk about that as well as the state department's decision to begin offering voluntary evacuations to family members of personnel in japan. >> we have a lot to get to. let us start this morning with ann curry who is in the city of akita in northern japan. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, matt. as you report the situation is still very serious. the japanese government is staying on message, saying that the radiation levels are stable. but the u.s. has its own exper
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Mar 18, 2011 4:00am PDT
responders on the scene have the benefit of american teamwork and support. >> reporter: u.s. experts believe it could be weeks before this emergency is resolved and americans are being urged to flee a 50-mile area around the plant. on our shores, radiation monitoring has been stepped up on the west coast as a precaution. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast, hawaii, alaska or u.s. territories in the pacific. >> reporter: u.s. airports are now screening passengers and cargo coming out of japan. >> we have seen no radiation, by the way, even on incoming cargo or passengers that comes close to reaching a harmful level. >> reporter: in tokyo, experts say radiation levels are still below harmful levels, but anxiety is rising. the pentagon is now organizing a voluntary evacuation of american military families and citizens who want to get out. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> well, one week since japan's worst ever disaster, new stunning footage has emerged from a local japanese news crew. they were in a taxi seconds before catastrophe struck. carl d
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Mar 16, 2011 4:00am PDT
disaster, a new study reveals how prepared is the u.s. to deal with a major nuclear emergency. >>> and ways of power, newly surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits the oregon coastline. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with melting point. a skeleton crew working to prevent an all-out meltdown at the fukushima nuclear plant were forced out of the facility for nearly an hour today. it was following a dangerous spike in radiation that japanese authorities feared was a risk to workers' lives. nbc's dan shenaman reports. >> reporter: authorities in japan have worked to avert a tragedy. the work has centered on damage to the machine four reactor where spent rods were being stored in pools of water. sea water has been pumped into plants one, two, and three, and workers have tried to bring down temperatures in plant five and six. bloo if a fuel rod becomes exposed, it could become fragile, and there's a chance of it breaking w
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Mar 3, 2011 5:30pm PST
control of libya. >>> on the border. a rare look at the daily game of cat and mouse that the u.s. is fighting against drug smugglers. >>> "america at the crossroads." tonight why america's losing some of the best and brightest and how to keep them here. >>> and tired of it all. alarming news about a problem that impairs our economy, our health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the president of the united states is now on record. the longtime libyan leader needs to leave and change must now come to libya. this is how the president put it at the white house today. >> let me just be very unambiguous about this. colonel gadhafi needs to step down from power and leave. that is good for his country. it is good for his people. it's the right thing to do. >> of course, that brings us to the question about how to do that, how to finish what the libyan uprising has started. there's growing support for a so-called no-fly zone, but the defense secretary co
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Mar 19, 2011 5:00am PDT
correspondent andrea mitchell now with the very latest. >> reporter: this is what the u.s. and it allies are trying to stop. gadhafi forces pounding rebels in the western city of misrata. the rebels claim this video i don't was taken friday even after gadhafi announced a cease fire. in fact gadhafi seemed determined to carry out a bloody threat to retake the rebel strong hold benghazi. he said he would show no mercy and no compassion. all this prompted a grave commander in chief to issue a blunt warning. >> these terms are not subject to negotiation. if gadhafi does not comply with the resolution, the international community will impose consequences. and the resolution will be enforced through military action. >> reporter: president obama spoke shortly after briefing 18 congressional leaders, including many wary of yet another military engagement in a ththir muslim country. but in benghazi, rebels cheered the u.n. decision to come to their rescue. >> very happy. >> reporter: as the fighting continues, the president is sending his secretary of state to paris to consult again with the allies.
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Mar 17, 2011 4:30am PDT
and at worse would have minor health effects here in the u.s. meantime, overnight the u.s. government decided that japan's safety zone around that failing nuclear plant is not big enough. so this morning there is new advice for americans in japan. move back, or get out altogether. tracie potts is live in washington this morning with what you need to know. tracie? >> what appears to be white smoke began to rise from the number 3 reactor. >> reporter: helicopters are now dropping water on japan's nuclear plant. >> we believe the secondary unit is destroy and not water in the melt pool. >> reporter: japanese deny that but authorities believe it's overheating. the u.s. believes radiation levels there are extremely high with conflicting reports coming from japan, the state department is warning americans to leave or at least stay 50 miles away. 30 miles further than the japanese record. >> we're advising the american citizens listen to the state department. >> reporter: some fear that's not enough. >> 50 miles is not a safe distance to be in an emergency like that. >> reporter: the state d
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Mar 10, 2011 5:00pm PST
was manipulated and lied to. >> reporter: leaving for jihad in somalia. his uncle said u.s. muslims looked the other way. >> we never got help from our leaders. from ouring orrists, big islamic organizationists. >> reporter: should american muslims do more to stop al qaeda recruitment. saying yes. >> the u.s. has a problem with muslim radicalization. i'm muslim and realize it's my problem. >> reporter: but holding musliming to account for the crimes of a few angered many leaders. >> islamic muslims have spoken many times against violent extremi extremism. >> reporter: a muslim in congress remembered a first responder killed on 9/11. >> he was a fellow american who gave his life for other americans. >> reporter: a hero's story in a hearing about who's to blame for a new crop of muslim villains. some democrats up here today were so upset they insisted this hearing itself would be used by al qaeda as a recruiting tool that radicals could claim as proof that the u.s. government really is at war with islam. this hearing, the lead up to it, all the controversy followed avidly, of course,
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Mar 14, 2011 4:00am PDT
losing new coolant. the u.s. stchlt ronald reagan traveled through a radioactive cloud and that crew members on deck are believed to have received a month's worth of radiation in an hour. veronica. >> hmm. all right, kristen dahlgren, thank you so much. >>> in the meantime, experts are weighing in on the potential impact at home if a disaster as devastating as the one that hit japan were had hit us. we go to tracie potts here in washington. tracie, good morning. >> good morning, everyone. there are 104 nuclear plants ms country. almost a quarter of them are built like those now under a state of emergency in jap pann. the u.s. is actually looking at building more. the nuclear regulatory commission says power plants in this country are built to with stand the most severe shock, but the government is looking at even more of these. four more many progress. 20 applications. the government announced $8 billion in loans last year for new nuclear plants. they're looking for four times that in the upcoming budget. in light of what's going on in japan reason here on capitol hill some lawm
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Mar 9, 2011 4:00am PST
u.s. and its allies weigh a military response. >>> marina mystery, a grim scene in southern california as a million dead fish float ashore. >>> and spidey sense? a vintage comic book featuring spider-man's debut sells for a mind-numbing sum.ç captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific team zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with losing momentum. it now appears the rebellion against libya's moammar gadhafi has stalled, halted in its tracks by the libyan army. the drive by opposition fighters to qadhafi's stronghold in tripoli has been met with a heavy barrage of rockets in the east. in zawiya pro-regime forces threat tony capture the city. if it is retain, it would be a significant victory for qadhafi. meanwhile, in an interview broadcast on libya's state tv, qadhafi once again blames foreigners for the unrest, and answering possible u.s. and british plans for a libyan response, qadhafi told turkish tv libyans will "take up arms and fight if a no fly zone is empoe imposed on hi
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Mar 10, 2011 4:00am PST
one of the greatest u.s. disasters of : discovered photos show one of the greatest u.s. disasters of : the early 20th century in color. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with out maneuvered. the three-week standoff in wisconsin over a measure that would deal a huge blow to public unions has come to an abrupt end after a stunning move by republicans. until yesterday, republicans state senators couldn't pass governor scott walker's proposal because under the rules they were just one democrat short for the vote to happen. that's because all 14 minority democrats had fled the state in order to prevent a vote on the measure which would strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public union workers. but on wednesday, republicans managed to push the plan through by resorting to a procedural maneuver that removed parts of the proposal related to nonspending measures. using that tactic, republicans contend the vote could take place without t
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Mar 17, 2011 5:00am PDT
. >>> we want to remind people, the u.s. regulatory commission does not expect radiation levels to arrive on the west coast. >>> the death toll of the disaster in japan is rising this morning. more than 5,300 people confirmed dead. that number is expected to grow to well over 10,000 people. more than 450,000 people are staying in emergency shelters. >>> today local communities in the south bay are teaming up to help the victims of the japanese earthquake and tsunami. the japantown community congress of san jose. all donations go directly to the consulate of japan for relief efforts. >>> san jose police are searching for a suspect who shot a man outside of a mcdonald's restaurant. officers say a gunman walked up to a man in this 20s outside of the restaurant yesterday during lunch. he shot the man once and then fled the scene. the victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, valley medical center. he is reported to be in critical condition. police don't have very many dames about the suspect. several nearby schools were on lockdown for a short time after that shooting. >>> this morning, state r
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Mar 22, 2011 6:00pm PDT
nuclear crisis. plus, what shoppers here in the u.s. will not be finding in grocery stores because of the situation in japan. >>> also, the u.s. suffers a setback in libya. when president obama expects to hand over control of the operation there. >>> and i'm kris sanchez, live in san jose, where it is not raining just yet, and that is very good news, right? well, it actually depends on who you ask. we'll talk about local business, coming up. >> thank you, kris. >>> also, you may not think about it much, but a lot of us in the bay area use small bridges every day. coming up, the report that's putting report that's puttinpressure g on congress. [ male announcer ] this...is the network. a living, breathing intelligence that's helping business rethink how to do business. in here, inventory can be taught to learn... ♪ in here, machines have a voice... ♪ in here, medical history follows you... even when you're away from home. it's the at&t network -- a network of possibilities, creating and integrating solutions, helping business, and the world...work. rethink possible. >>> all right. l
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Mar 14, 2011 3:00am PDT
quote for a no fly zone over libya. your supportive of a no fly zone and should the u.s. senate be put on the record on this? do you believe before the president agrees to anything that congress should have a say? >> i certainly think the arab's league decision makes a no fly zone more likely. the president is handling it very well. not taking a military option off the table but being careful. we learned in the past when we go in militarily there's other types of consequences and at the same time it's much better to do it in a mult lateral way with all the nations being on board. it makes a no fly zone much more like try to happen. >> does congress have to have a say? >> i believe on these we should deforethe commander in chief on short term immediate situations
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Mar 29, 2011 11:00pm PDT
with stands more intense pressure. he expressed concern that most of the mark one plants in the u.s. were built 40 years ago and are reaching the end of their licensed life. >> fascinating story. >>> still ahead, a mountain lion shot and killed in the heart of a bay area suburb. how can an animal this size make it to the middle of town without being seen? >>> i think there is a misperception with oatmeal that oatmeal is healthy and people typically think this is going to be a healthy option for me. >> he they call it the healthy fast food alternative, but what do you really get when you buy a new fast food breakfast? don't take another bite until you see the results of our special report. >>> calling home while facing death. what happened when a snowboarder buried in a snowbank tried to dial his way out of disaster. >>> good evening. i'm chief meteorologist jeff frenery. we had an amazing sunset tonight. temperatures did reach the low7 s. you like what we had today? it will be even better tomorrow. versus toyota. which is better? [ male announcer ] why do so many car companies compa
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Mar 13, 2011 5:30pm PDT
two u.s. search and rescue teams. two u.s. aircraft carriers are also off the coast but many areas to the north remain surrounded by water and are still unreachable. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, tokyo. >>> watching the extent of the damage in japan is difficult to comprehend in images. we have crews on the ground there tonight. nbc bay area's george kiriyama is in narita. george, we understand there's going to be rolling blackouts. have you experienced that yet? >> reporter: not here in narita. i believe we're going into tokyo itself sometime today so we may be experiencing or seeing firsthand these blackouts. they are experiencing scheduled power outages. we're hearing that neighborhoods and certain districts in tokyo will be taking turns with no power for up to three hours. we're also hearing that some of the train lines will be down all day in some instances. i think one, two, three -- four train lines will be down all day. another train line will operate during the morning and evening rush hours for those who are going to work. again, we have not seen that here near the airport,
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Mar 3, 2011 4:00am PST
their tiny westboro baptist church picketed the funeral of u.s. marine matthew snider, killed in iraq in 2006. snyder's father sued. >> i think it's an insult to every veteran out there that has served this country. >> reporter: the supreme court ruled the phelps are protected by the first amendment, right to free speech. chief justice roberts wrote for the majority. westboro may have chosen the picket location to increase publicity for its views and its speech may have been particularly hurtful to snyder. that does not mean that its speech should be afforded less than full first amendment protection. eight of the nine justices agreed. >> liberals and conservatives have united in this, on the side of free speech. >> reporter: justice samuel alito dissented, saying the phelps intentionally inflicted pain on the snyders. our commitment to free debate is not a license for an attack on matthew and his family at a time of acute emotional vulnerability central to the church's well practiced strategy for attracting public attention. now the phelps and their anti-gay campaign have won their b
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Mar 12, 2011 6:00pm PST
and earthquakes. could it happen here. there are 104 power plants in the u.s. including two on the west coast. the closest reactor to the bay area is the diablo canyon nuclear power plant located near san luis obispo. it's said it's unlikely what happened in japan would happen here. >> as you look at it from a risk perspective, it's very small, very, very low. each of those plants on the west coast has been designed to withstand earthquakes as well as tsunamis. >> he also added it's too early to know how much radiation was released as a result of the explosion in japan. officials in california are still assessing the damage caused by the tsunami that hit the coast yesterday morning. governor jerry brown declared a state of emergency for santa cruz and san mateo counties, saying the ocean surf from the tsunami waves put infrastructure and public safety in extreme peril. kimberly tere is in santa cruz where the harbor remains closed tonight. kimberly? >> reporter: diane, you can see cleanup is slowly winding down for the day here. we are told that they are only going to work until it
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Mar 20, 2011 5:00pm PDT
help. his daughter, lynn, is a u.s. citizen born in santa cruz just before her parents divorced. >> she's a really good kid, you know. and i know just by talking to her and hearing her voice, i can tell she's scared. >> tillman has been in touch with his daughter by phone. his ex-wife plans to remain in japan to tend to her family there. >>> now, the death toll from japan's earthquake and tsunami rose today to almost 8500 people. another 13,000 are missing. the death toll is expected to climb as rescue workers discover more bodies. but at the same time, there are remarkable stories of survival. today an 80-year-old woman and her 16-year-old grandson were rescued. the two were trapped in their kitchen and survived by eating the food that happened to be left in their refrigerator. meanwhile, the number three reactor at the crippled fukushima power plant is stable again tonight after an unexpected rise in pressure this morning. radiation from the plant is showing up in more food, but reaction from shoppers is mixed. >> i think we need to monitor it, but i'm not going to stop eating
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Mar 12, 2011 5:00am PST
refinery, was still burning today. the u.s. geological survey says japan's main islands has shifted eight feet as a result of the quake. there have been at least 125 powerful aftershocks in the last 24 hours. even before today's explosion at a nuclear power plant, the authorities had declared a state of emergency at five nuclear reactors and warned a meltdown. thousands have been evacuated from their homes nearby. and officials had insisted that while there would be radiation leaks it would be small. scores of countries have offered assistance, including the u.s., which has almost 50,000 troops stationed in japan, amy. >> i understand you traveled about two hours north before you had to turn back. what were your impressions as you tried to make it to the e epicent epicenter? >> well, there has been an awful lot of disruption to transport here and to the infrastructure. it's been taking 16 hours for people to reach even close to the area of the earthquake and the tsunami. that's partly because there is so much traffic on the road and partly because of the destruction to the highway.
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Mar 25, 2011 5:00am PDT
take the lead in enforcing the no-fly zone. that means the u.s. that has flown most of the missions so far can begin to back off. secretary of state hillary clinton is in london this morning working out those details for that agreement. >>> only six shopping days left until people in a number of bay area cities will end up paying more at the checkout stand. sales taxes go up in seven bay area cities effective april 1st. that's when union city and el cerrito have a 10.25% sales tax, a tenth of what you pay in sales tax. concord will be at 9.75%. novato and santa rosa will be at 9.5%. the sales tax hikes were approved in november by voters in each of those areas, but that's a pretty hefty sales tax. >> can't catch a break, huh? >>> there have been several hiccups in the economy lately. scott mcgrew says the silicon valley companies seem to be thriving pretty well. >> yeah, just in the last, what, four or five days we have seen in the national news, sales of existing homes plunge, sales at new homes at the lowest level in decades, just yesterday durable goods fell. these are the kinds of
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Mar 13, 2011 7:00pm PDT
troops have joined in rescue and recovery efforts and now help arriving from all over the world. the u.s. navy has sent helicopters and ships loaded with relief supplies. >> i'm sorry it happened in japan but we're over here to help protect the japanese people. >> reporter: search and rescue teams from 45 countries including south korea, new zealand and the uk joined leaf efforts. here in the u.s., volunteer crews from virginia to california headed to japan. >> to me, it's the right thing to do, as a united states citizen, a member of the international search and rescue community. >> we love you. thank you, sweetheart. >> reporter: dr. ikahar is now based in l.a. and heading to sendai with the international medical core. >> this is not a one day one month one week process, this is going to be an ongoing process, i will have the privilege of going there in an very immediate stage. >> reporter: by saturday night, the statistics in japan were looking more and more grim. we have seen the wreckage of trains and mud and debris. now, there was a report four entire trains were missing and fires
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Mar 19, 2011 5:00pm PDT
saturday as moammar gadhafi defied u.n. orders to cease his attacks on civilians. hours later, u.s. military ships followed up with a barrage of missiles. >> over 110 tomahawk cruise missiles fired from both u.s. and british ships and sab marines struck more than 20 air defense systems and facilities ashore. >> reporter: speaking from the capital of brazil, president obama said gadhafi had a chance to back down but didn't. >> i want the american people to know the use of force is not our first choice, and not a choice that i make lightly. but we cannot stand idly by. >> reporter: western forces own the sky, but the situation on the ground was chaotic. video posted on social media sites purported to show fighting in eastern libya. this video shows a libyan warplane plummeting to the ground. but there's no confirmation which side it was on or who shot it down. in paris, secretary of state clinton was coordinating diplomatic efforts. she vowed the united states will back u.n. actions but not with ground troops. >> now, america has unique capabilities, and we will bring them to bear to
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Mar 2, 2011 4:00am PST
rebels retaking one city in libya. also this morning u.s. warships are in the suez canal now headed towards the mediterranean on stand-by. secretary of state hillary clinton is saying that the government, the u.s. government, may consider prosecuting qadhafi for ordering the lockerbie bombing. she says that the administration could seek justice. victims have been asking the obama administration to reopen that investigation. ex official that is have recently left the libyan government say he personally oraled thad bombing. also, the united nations has suspended libya from its human rights council. the first time that's err been done, citing gross and systematic human rights violations. that is not permanent, but libya would need to be restored to full status. lynn. >> tracie, thanks so much. >>> the senate is expected to approve a temporarily funding bill later today that will prevent a government shutdown this friday. the measure which also cuts spending by $4 billion passed the house yesterday on a bipartisan vote of 335-91. president obama is expected to sign the two-week extensio
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Mar 23, 2011 4:00am PDT
promises to fight to the end. >>> hitting home. a warning from u.s. health officials about food coming from japan amidst the nuclear crisis. >>> and losing his cool. singer chris brown snaps after questions about his assault on former girlfriend rihanna. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pick time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a power struggle. a fourth day of allied strikes have damaged moammar gadhafi's air defense systems, but so far, the attacks have failed to cripple gadhafi's confidence or put an end to his assaults. this against civilian opponents. anti-aircraft fire streaked the skies overnight over tripoli after a day of heavy fighting against gadhafi loyalists. despite some success in the south, the inexperienced rebels found themselves outgunned by government forces in the western city of misrata. and to the east of ajabiya. gadhafi spoke on tv yesterday and a defiant gadhafi predicted, and ever defiant, gadhafi predicted "we will win this battle. >>> meanwhile, preside
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Mar 12, 2011 11:00pm PST
in. the u.s. is supplying help. two warships are on the way with aid. this is going to be a long, long effort. on top of that, there's news of a nuclear power leak. we've been talking about the last several hours about shortly after the earthquake, there was an explosion that damaged the buildings around one of the reactors. there was a radiation leak. they evacuated a region around that area by about 12 miles. people were undergoing radiation testing. now there's late word that there is a second emergency at a second reactor. still at that same complex. once again, it has something to do with the cooling units that are malfunctioning. there's no word yet on just how or if that is going to affect the evacuations already under way for that part of japan. just another obstacle that relief agencies and workers are trying to get up to that region are going to have to deal with. that's the latest from tokyo. >> the blast at the nuclear power plant is putting the whole world on edge. here at home, bay area engineers are also watching the situation. with more on this unfolding developme
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Mar 7, 2011 5:00am PST
15 minutes from now. we saw the major u.s. index indices dragged lower on friday amid this continued unrest in the middle east. markets in asia are mostly lower. so far in europe, though, things are turning greener. they have been lower at one point. with oil prices soaring the u.s. is considering tapping emergency reserves to tamp down prices. u.s. crude oil is surpassing $106 a barrel hitting the highest price in 2 1/2 years amid gop unrest in libya. prices at the pump reached more than $3.50 nationwide average. that's the second biggest two-week jump ever because on average we have jumped about 33 cents in just those two weeks. and the last time the u.s. tapped oil reserves was after hurricane katrina. so if it happens it is going to be a kind of big deal. >>> wisconsin democrats who fled the state as the debate over employee unions raged plan to come back soon according to the wall street journal. mark miller says he will let the full senate vote on the budget repair bill. the bill is expected to pass through the republican-controlled senate. >>> "rango" takes the top s
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Mar 31, 2011 6:00am PDT
repeating. google on wednesday agreed to a historic deal with the u.s. government submitting to 20 years of privacy audits in order to make a privacy lawsuit against the company go away. google got into trouble with the ftc when it revealed users personal contacts through the google buzz program, but the settlement is going to cover all of google's businesses. this is very unusual for a silicon valley company. google essentially now has a federal babysitter. a private agency that takes care of it. but 20 years of supervision for google. >> thank you, scott. >>> 6:27 right now. teachers are doing what they can to help a local school district's budget problems. >>> and it will be hot and dry today, but some people are still feeling the effects of last week's rain. >>> good morning, i'm christie smith live in oakland. an overnight house fire still active at this hour. i'll tell you why arson investigators are here along with pg&e. thmingery is co ungp. ♪ let's see you fly now! [ laughs ] look, more frequent flyer red tape. not on my watch. let that family fly! [ tires screech ] i just wanted
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Mar 16, 2011 7:00am PDT
people of japan have not lost hope. japan is not only accepting u.s. help in terms of aid and recovery, but they are also going to accept the help of u.s. nuclear experts en route here. meantime japanese officials within the last hour or so continue to say that the radiation levels are stable at the plant. they continue to work the problem. they have abandoned the idea of a fly-over to drop water on number 3 and will inject water from the ground. they say radioactivity levels now are stable at the site. >> let me talk to you about the radiation situation. you were in sendai for 36 hours, lester. i mentioned you made it to tokyo overnight and as you arrived at the hotel you and the crew were screened for radiation. talk to me about it. >> reporter: nbc hired a radioactive expert who met us at the hotel. he scanned us with a geiger counter. you see in the still video. all of us tested clean. he checked our hair, the clothes we have been wearing. when he got to the shoes that was the different story. it went off. the geiger counter went off. let me show you when he ran it over th
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Mar 25, 2011 12:35am PDT
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Mar 18, 2011 6:00am PDT
clear snow so planes carrying aid can get to the people who need it. u.s. troops were receiving anti-radiation pills before they leave on the meigs helicopters are helping with search and rescue and relief experts >> people are helping in whatever way they can. nbc bay area will host a drive to money for the japanese relief effort. bob redell is live in san francisco's japan town with details on how you can make a difference and it gets under way later today. bob? >> reporter: nbc bay area and comcast teaming up with the community center here at the location in japan in san francisco. a telethon will be starting in just under an hour at 7:00. the phones will be manned by volunteers from 7:00 until midnight tonight, taking your phone calls and asking for donations to help the people who are suffering overseas. good morning to you. what kine of support or willingness to help are you seeing so far? >> there has been a tre moendous outpouring of people wanting to donate money and come and volunteer. people also want to donate clothing and household items. at this time we cannot take
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Mar 16, 2011 6:00am PDT
conditions. back to you. >> thanks so much. 6:18. coming up the high tech tools from the u.s. military and how they are helping in japan. >> despite the wind and the rain the northbound, 101 smooth but i've got my eyes on a huge problem for the east bay commute. the what and the where coming up. >> a live look outside the golden gate bridge. it's picking up. we've seen it this morning. be careful as you head out the door.he ♪ [ male announcer ] when sean was looking at mba programs, he wanted a curriculum designed to meet market needs, with faculty who brought real-world perspective on where the business world was headed and the practical experience to help him make an impact. my name is sean blankenship, i'm making the electric car more accessible, and i am a phoenix. [ male announcer ] learn more about the school of business at phoenix.edu. >>> good wednesday morning to you. taking a live look outside, bay bridge approach this morning. want to check the commute with mike. >> there you are. show it to you again. we'll see the big backup out of the altamont pass. 22-minute
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Mar 20, 2011 6:00am PDT
>>> good morning, attack on libya. u.s. and allied forces strike libya with cruise missiles >>> good morning. attack on libya. u.s. and allied forces strike libya with cruise missiles and fighter jets and a show of force against gadhafi. now american stealth bombers have enter the fight. >> we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy. >> defiance. the libyan dictator digs in, calling the coalition operation terrorism and warning it could ignite a crusader war. >>> and miracle rescue. nine days after the earthquake that devastated japan, two survivors are saved from the rubble. today is sunday march 20th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolf. breaking news out of libya today where the assault on gadhafi intensifies. >> this morning a senior pentagon official says three american b-2 stealth bombers have been used dropping bottoms in a libyan airfield. american pilots are takin
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Mar 17, 2011 6:00am PDT
the nuclear crisis. >>> new this morning, americans are leaving japan with the help of the u.s. government. the state department is now chartering planes to help americans who are trying to escape the radiation surge. a voluntary evacuation is also in place for the families are government workers living in tokyo and yokohama. the state department is also warning about travel to southern japan saying the changing weather and wind conditions could mean more radiation in that area. >>> and an update on the radiation plume and the jet stream making its way to u.s. soil. "today in the bay"s, we're live in san francisco kelling us how much is expected to hit the bay area and what if any risks the public faces. good morning, bob. >> reporter: good morning, laura. the general con sen is among the experts is that this is not something that we as individuals should be worried about. if radiation does make it here to the bay area, it would be detected by a detector that's located on the top of the bay area air quality management office here in san francisco, which we're standing outside o
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Mar 7, 2011 6:00pm PST
to set up a no fly zone over libya. president obama isn't rushing to send u.s. jets but he didn't hesitate to warn the man keeping moammar gadhafi in power. the president remind libyan generals, they could be tried for war crimes if they continue following gadhafi's orders. >> i want to send a very clear message to those around colonel gadhafi. it is their choice to make how they operate moving forward and they will be held accountable. >> the president is faced with the question of whether to sell some of the nation's emergency oil reserve. analysts say that could happen when gas reaches $4 a gallon. >> we're not there yet but we could soon be. take a look. the average cost of a gallon of gas across the bay area pushing toward $4. all of the prices are up 50 cents in a month. higher gas prices means everything is getting more expensive. airline tickets now cost $60 to $100 more than they did last year. food prices up more than just 2% in just a month. cereal, meat, dairy prices, those are climbing the fastest. >> $4 a gallon is a setback to 2008. >> adding to the ms. rirk forbes
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Mar 28, 2011 6:00pm PDT
deadly advan advance. thank you. >> president obama addresses the nation on libya. tonight the u.s. prepares to hand over its leadership role after achieving many victories alongside an international coalition. nbc bay area political analyst larry gerston joins us to talk about the speech. when the president speaks there are a number of audiences who were the audiences to night? >> first of all, talking to americans. criticize heed hadn't really brought americans up to speed quickly enough. talking to americans. the subset is congress. talking to libya, moammar gadhafi, saying look the time has come. thirdly talking to the rest of the world, particularly the arab world. our goals here are limited. not here to get involved. do what we can. trying to move things along. rest assured that's the way it is going to be. there were many audiences. >> was the goal of the speech the same for each of the audiences or does the president have sue try to achieve something different for each of the audiences. the libyans want to hear something. americans want to hear another thing. >> there are d
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Mar 16, 2011 11:00pm PDT
japanese crews innohi cok choppers started dumping sea water on reactors. in washington, u.s. officials are now warning that one, if not two, of those plants may be on the verge of spewing more radioactive material. and those fears are prompting a mass exodus from tokyo tonight. with the obama administration authorizing the first evacuations of americans. among those, nbc's chris jansing who talked with us minutes ago from the airport in tokyo. >> reporter: it's going to be interesting to see what the reaction of the japanese people is when they hear this news because america is the strongest ally. and i think for them to say that their people need to leave the dependence of their embassy personnel said that there's a recognition that there is some danger here. >> nbc's lester holt now with the latest on the frantic effort to stop that nuclear crisis. >> reporter: there are concerns tonight about a possible breach in the containment vessel at reactor 3. a confirmed breach in reactor 2 is already leaking radiation. and there are new fears at the all-important water cooling the still highly r
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Mar 30, 2011 7:00am PDT
>>> good morning. moammar gadhafi troops launch a major counteroffensive. is it time for the u.s. to consider arming the opposition? >>> dangerous dyes -- does the coloring in foods we eat every day have a negative impact on a child's mood and behavior? this morning, the new search for a link and what some parents are already doing just in case. >>> and the polar prince on his trek through the arctic. prince harry opens up to us about his most important duty at the royal wedding. >> are you thinking about what you will say? think about what you'll say when i'm stuck in a tent. our conversation with prince harry today, wednesday 30th, 2011. . good morning, welcome to "today" on a wednesday, i'm matt laur. >> rebels were making a rapid advance toward tripoli. >> those rebels retreated some 100 miles we'll get the late echt in a live report from libya straight ahead. and we'll talk to republican congresswoman michelle bachmann, who has been critical of president obama's involvement of troops in libya. >> a bizarre case in florida, an honor student who has been offered scholarships t
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Mar 24, 2011 5:30pm PDT
>>> on the broadcast tonight, who's in charge? is the u.s. about to hand over control of the attack on libya? and tonight what may be the next nation to go in that region. >>> changing face. a major milestone tonight for a growing group of americans. >>> asleep in the tower. two jets needing to land in washington can't raise an air traffic controller, and now we know why. >>> and making a difference, for the struggling people of japan. nbc news with americans on a mission to provide critical relief. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it has turned into a big military effort, bombs and cruise missiles have been raining down on libya, and it could get even bigger and the stakes are high. it's been a mostly u.s. run air campaign thus far, but tonight a change is coming. a hand-over to nato for the supervision of this strike. even though the pentagon warned libya today, quote, we will continue to hit you, the u.s. is anxious to shift some of this to somebody else. and just as there have been new and loud explosions in tripoli this
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